Is there anything I can plant in a swampy areas for deer? I have several 1/2 acre areas on our property that is mostly cattails. Not much standing water but it stays wet. Any type of seeds I can broadcast over it or shrubs I can plant to thicken it up?
Agree on the swamp white oak. I have trees started bearing acorns in seven years. Ten years into my planting I have probably 70% of the trees bearing acorns now. In addition they bear every year. I recommend you tree tube them. Missouri DCNR is a great source for them.
Check the plants list that Howards nursery sells. The list shows what habitat plants like and the benefit to which wildlife. I think Wild plum was also a good wet location plant. It also forms a thicket as it spreads. We planted some in our meadow along the creek. Button bush and Elderberry too. Tree Seedling Index
I have a similar situation but the area I need to plant them in have high winds. The Ash bore has killed off most trees around my cabin and the winds have taken the rest of them out. Starting to look like a lot in a development!